Australian Summer Odyssey
Travel to Australia during the Oz summer months to escape UK winter and enjoy pleasant temperatures and abundant wildlife amid the Outback, wine regions, reef-fringed islands, Sydney and Tasmania.
Visiting Australia is a huge adventure set among the rolling vineyards, Outback plains, buzzing Sydney and remote islands. Make the most of a trip Down Under by allowing us to take the reins, booking in stylish stays, exclusive experiences and back-to-nature immersion. You’ll fall hard for Australia.
- Take pleasure in a long trip away, meticulously planned, allowing you to be thoroughly immersed in some of Australia’s most beautiful and exclusive sights and experiences
- Stay in Australia’s world-famous wine region and discover big, bold red wines
- Feel isolated in the wonder of the Outback, surrounded by rewilded nature and wildlife on a luxe conservancy
- Get a taste of Tasmania and discover a foodie paradise
- Live the high life in Sydney exploring its best sights by seaplane, sunset cruise, surfboard and horseback
- Experience total bliss on an island castaway to end your trip in stylish seclusion, immersed by lush landscapes
Including travel time, this three-week itinerary shows you the best of Australia, discovering islands, beaches, the Outback, vineyards and cities.
When to go:
This itinerary is great for visits to Australia year-round but we think it's best suited to October – April when you can escape the UK winter.
We’ve tailored this itinerary for a couple, but if you’re travelling with children let us know and we’ll add child-friendly activities.
Days 1-3 Wine & Welcome
Fly into Adelaide in South Australia to start your adventure exploring the diversity of Down Under. On arrival, you will be driven to the Barossa Valley, a productive wine region characterised by picturesque scenery and verdant vineyards, home to some of Australia’s best wine in particular – heavy, rich reds made with Syrah grapes. You will stay at The Louise, an upmarket boutique hotel that is perfectly placed to appreciate the area and can open doors to exclusive one-to-ones with winemakers, cellars and lunches with artisan food producers of this fertile region.
We recommend a tour of the historic Seppeltsfield winery, home to centuries-old wine and port. You can easily cycle between distilleries and vineyards, coming back for a dip in the hotel’s infinity pool before dinner at upscale restaurant Appellation, matched with local wines, of course. Don’t miss the chance to have breakfast with the kangaroos – accompanied by hot coffee, watch these iconic Aussie animals up close, feeding in the Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park.
Days 4-6 Experience The Outback
A deep dive of Australia wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Outback. Your base will be the exclusive Arkaba Conservancy, a former sheep farm turned luxe conservation property in the Flinders Ranges. Here you will be immersed in 60,000 acres of wild scrubland where wildlife thrives – spot emus, kangaroos, wallabies and quolls in this ancient landscape – and learn about the conservation efforts that have meant a rewilding of the land back to its natural ecosystem.
You will get back to nature with walking safaris and drives which take you to the heart of the outback surrounded by surprising topographical sights: red rocky ridges, saltwater lakes, rolling hills, watering holes, creeks and forests. Watch the sun set over the Outback plains, accompanied by a velvety glass of Australian red. Back at the rustic-luxe farmhouse, cool off in the pool or rest in your airy guestroom with veranda before an al fresco dinner under an unfeasibly starry sky.
Days 7-9 Taste of Tasmania
You’ll realise just how huge Australia is on your travel day today – driving five hours to Adelaide before flying to Hobart in Tasmania, staying at the waterfront hotel MacQ 01. The journey is worth it to spend three days exploring Tasmania including historic Hobart on the waterfront with cobbled Salamanca Place plus the modern art gallery Mona. Freycinet National Park will hit the spot for nature lovers with the orange-tinged Hazard Mountains ripe for hiking and the white-sand sweep of Wineglass Bay the perfect spot for a sunbathe.
We recommend taking a scenic flight over this picturesque area, landing on Maria Island, home to rare wildlife such as wombats, kangaroos, even the Tasmanian devil. Enjoy a sumptuous seafood lunch before your flight back to Hobart. On your last day in Tasmania take a day trip to Bruny Island on a gourmet wilderness adventure tasting the delights of this foodie enclave including beer, cheese, honey and shucked oysters – all found or made on the island.
Saying goodbye to natural beauty Tasmania, you will continue your journey by plane to Sydney, to spend four nights enjoying its buzzy, cosmopolitan sights. What’s great about Sydney is the opportunity not only for city life but also to be active in the surrounding nature: beaches, mountains and of course the ocean. Your base will be the ideally located Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel, once a working cargo wharf in 1912, and being on the water means great views of Sydney Harbour Bridge. A must is a sunset sailing trip allowing you to get your bearings of spectacular Sydney and get up close to the harbour bridge and opera house.
Sydney’s beaches are also plentiful – we’d recommend a guided coastal trek from Bondi to Coogee, stopping for swims, coffee and even a surf. For a full day trip, head out horse riding into the lush plains of Megalong Valley in the Blue Mountains, breaking at lunchtime to sample local wine and produce. For your last day in Sydney, take a thrilling ride on a seaplane to a secluded location on the Hawksberry River, deep in the heart of one of Australia’s oldest national parks, Ku-ring-gai Chase. On the waterfront you’ll enjoy an exquisite six-course lunch at Berowra Waters Inn.
Days 14 - 19 Island Bliss
For the last part of your Australian odyssey, you’ll be transported to a wilderness paradise – Lord Howe Island, to stay in the spectacular Capella Lodge. Immersed in World Heritage Listed natural surroundings, this is the time to stop and take a breath. Revel in the natural beauty both above and below the water including a 7-million-year-old extinct volcano, a marine park bustling with underwater life, diverse flora and fauna in the lush vegetation and plenty of white sand beaches to take it all in.
With only 400 people maximum allowed on the island at any one time, Lord Howe is an exclusive experience and one that we recommend booking ahead for. Spend your days how you please with relaxed, unplanned itineraries which could see you snorkelling, hiking, surfing, scuba diving, fishing or simply enjoying your surroundings. With just nine suites, the emphasis at Capella Lodge is on barefoot luxury – have a cocktail in your outdoor tub, gaze at swaying palms framing mountain views, indulge in a spa treatment using the island’s endemic plants or maybe muse upon the adventures you’ve had, exploring some of Australia’s most incredible sights.
A trip to Australia should not be underestimated. There’s so much to see and do, and during the UK winter, you get the added bonus of gorgeous sunshine as well. With our carefully crafted itineraries, you’ll stay in some of the country’s most stylish hotels, while exploring Australia’s highlights: the Outback, its islands, cities, vineyards and abundant nature.
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